Book Review: Brung Up Proper - Jason Manford
Jason Manford was born in 1981 in Salford. He lives in Stockport with his wife, three young children and Man City season ticket.
Manford has established himself as one of the country’s most popular comedians. Beginning in a pub in Chorlton at 17 years old, he has since gone on to become one of the most recognisable faces on British television and an established stand-up comic.
Jasons autobiography 'Brung up proper' gives an honest but comical assessment on his upbringing and rise to stardom but also a passionate introduction to his love for his boyhood club Manchester City.
Being a local lad he was born into City culture through his family and in particular his Uncle. He talks openly about his Uncles influence on him personally but also on his own sons. Supporting United was not an option in his family; they were Sky blue through and through.
Jason speaks about the day he passingly made a comment to his dad about the possibility of supporting United and of course the inevitable reaction of his dad. The promises he made to his father from that day on and the beginning of his love affair with the blue half of Manchester.
He claims that his family are responsible for his upbringings as a comedian and the comedy aspect of being brought up as a City fan. One particular moment being the day his mum purchased a CD player for the first time. With everyone being mightily impressed except for his dad who had spotted five letters on the bottom corner that read: SHARP (Then sponsors of Manchester United!)
From Shaun Goater to Georiou Kinkladze, he writes about his favourite players as a kid and how things have changed at City from their days at Maine Road to the recent move to the City of Manchester Stadium.
He speaks fondly of growing up in a working class Northern family. Jason also provides detail on his love life, holidays, Christmas memories and much more with the genuine and appreciative perspective expected from a Northern lad.
The book is a real treat for football fans and in particular those who have had to deal with the heartbreak that fans often endure. A laugh out loud read and perfect Christmas present.
Published in hardback on 29th September 2011, Ebury Press. Also available as an ebook, £19.81 and an audio book, £10.00
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